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Greek Mythology: The Gods and Goddesses


The Ancient Greeks believed in Gods and Heroes, who's existance attempted to explain the origins of the world. These myths and legends were past down through the ages in literature (hymns, poems, and plays) and through designs on pottery. They tell the tales of the beginnings of the universe

Out of Chaos (nothingness) emerged Gaia (the Earth,) Eros (Love,) the Abyss (the Tartarus,) and the Erebus. Gaia gave birth to Uranus, who fathered the Twelve Titans (six males: Coeus, Crius, Cronus, Hyperion, Iapetus, and Oceanus; and six females: Mnemosyne, Phoebe, Rhea, Theia, Themis, and Tethys,) followed by the one-eyed Cyclopes and the Hecatonchires. Cronus and Rhea then bore Zeus, along with other siblings whom Cronus had been hiding in his stomach.

The Major Greek Gods and Goddesses, which are also the best known in today's world, are:

Zeus, King of the Gods

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